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Monster Mash: Ovation Award winners; new (old) ending for 'Porgy'

November 15, 2011 |  7:40 am


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef015393105a9c970b-piStanding O's: Troubadour Theater Company, Rogue Machine  and "Leap of Faith" were among the  winners at Monday's Ovation Awards ceremony, presented by LA Stage Alliance for excellence during the 2010-11 season. (Los Angeles Times)

Going back: A planned revisionist happy ending in the coming Broadway production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” has been dropped. (New York Times)

Her turn: Julie Taymor has a few things to say about Bono and the Edge's public comments about her and the pre-overhaul version of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (Esquire)

Eleventh hour: Chinese officials take issue with the methods by which artist Ai Wei Wei is trying to pay the tax-related fines they say he owes. (The Guardian)

Defections: Prima ballerina Natalia Osipova and principal dancer Ivan Vasiliev are leaving the Bolshoi Ballet to work with the Mikhailovsky Theatre's new artistic director, Nacho Duato. (The Guardian)

Staying put: Only a handful of the exhibitions in the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time initiative of postwar California art will go on to other institutions. (Los Angeles Times)

Music mania: Banda musicians -- Mexican brass bands that play at parties and nightclubs -- are experiencing Southern California's "tuba revolution." (Los Angeles Times)

Mark your 2012 calendars: "Smash," NBC's eagerly awaited series about the birth of a (fictitious) Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, will premiere Feb. 6. (BroadwayWorld.com)

Singing their praises: Two Americans were among the winners of Abbey Road Studios' international  Anthem Competition. (Abbey Road)

Summing up: LACMA releases attendance figures for its popular "Tim Burton" exhibition, saying it was the fifth most popular show in the museum's history. (Los Angeles Times)

Hanging around: A long-lost Victorian painting by William Powell Frith that hung in a family's New England beach house for half a century could fetch $800,000, Christie's said Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Another take: The nation's Manhattan-based premiere financial newspaper attends the MOCA-Marina Abramovic gala and offers its view of the proceedings. (Wall Street Journal)

Quick change: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's chief executive resigned abpruptly Monday, with a replacement named the same day. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Mark Swed reviews the New West Symphony and Rick Ginell reviews of Los Angeles Master Chorale.

-- Kelly Scott and Sherry Stern

Photo: Raul Esparza won a best actor Ovation playing a preacher in "Leap of Faith" at the Ahmanson Theatre. Credit: Craig Schwartz / Center Theatre Group/Associated Press

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